It is not everybody’s cup of tea to write the resume for a technologist. Things go really out of hand when that technologist happens to have a C in her title! And then it starts to get confusing. Especially when there is a dotted line between similar roles, like that of a Chief Information Officer (CIO) and a Chief Technology Officer (CTO).
So why does it get confusing? Let’s try and clear the air.
To start with, here’s a basic definition. A CTO is a Technology or Software Creator (at the senior most level), while a CIO is a Technology Enabler. So, while the CTO makes new technology, a CIO ensures that the CTO gets the relevant infrastructure in place so that the tech can be created.
In other words, a CTO’s role is to create tech products for EXTERNAL use, while a CIO’s role is to create technology that can be used INTERNALLY.
Point by Point Role Differentiation
|Chief Information Officer (CIO)
|Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
Let’s see some examples of how a CIO would frame her resume summary v/s how a CTO would frame her’s.
Summary for a CIO Resume
Summary for a CTO Resume
These are just examples. Not to be construed as actual resume summaries. Use your own discretion.
I hope the two designations would make more sense now 🙂